Smart LightingHome Tool Kit
Smart homes are no longer a thing of the future. From thermostats that adjust to your lifestyle to lighting you can control with an app, there’s plenty of nifty technology available right now, to make your home more secure, energy-efficient, and intuitive. With Farmers Smart Home series, you’ll find simple, practical ways to turn your house into a smart home.
Lights are one of those things you don’t pay attention to, until one goes kaput. These days, though, a simple trip to the store to replace a broken bulb can leave you overwhelmed.
From lights that change color to suit your mood to ones that automatically turn off when you’re away, the choices are endless. Modern home lighting has gone high tech, and it goes to show just how far we’ve come since the humble incandescent.
What is a Smart Home?
Still in the dark about the “connected home” concept? A connected home lets you manage everything from lighting to temperature and electricity from a central hub or mobile device.
What is Smart Lighting?
If you want to take the plunge into automating your home, smart lighting is probably the easiest way to get started.
Smart lighting is a fancy term for LED lightbulbs that come equipped with a host of intelligent capabilities such as WiFi connectivity or automated settings. Every smart lightbulb or lighting system is different, but most new lighting technology features:
- Smartphone Controls. Lights can be turned on or off, right from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. (There’s no need to get off the couch again!)
- Automated Settings. Lights with timers that allow you set up an automatic schedule, so you don’t need to go room to room, manually flicking on/off light switches.
- Motion sensors. Lights can detect if a room is occupied or not.
- Adjustable features. Lights with dimmers and color options that let you adjust brightness and hue right from your smartphone.
Granted, switching to smart lighting systems can be pricey upfront. But even if you swap out a few key bulbs in the house, you’ll see significant energy savings in the long run.
Smart lighting saves energy (and money) right off the bat, because LED light bulbs are more efficient and have a longer life expectancy than your regular light bulb. That combined with dimmers, sensors, and wireless controls can help you slash your energy bill even more.
Too many lights on at once? Are they brighter than they need to be? Is the garage light on for no reason? Automated lighting gives you more control, so you:
- Only use your lights when you need to
- Lower the brightness in situations where bright lighting is not required
- Use less electricity overall, and gradually improve your consumption habits
Smart Lighting Possibilities in Your Home
Once you make the switch to smart lighting, you’ll be surprised to discover how much more you can do with a simple lightbulb, like:
- Set your lights to fit your personal schedule. Whether that means programming your bedside light to wake you up gradually, having your living room lights dim before bedtime, or scheduling your porch lights to turn off at sunset.
- Use motion sensor lights to minimize energy waste. Now, lights can intuitively sense if you’re in the room or not, and automatically turn on/off to save energy. They’re ideal for areas like stairways, halls, or your garage, where it’s easy to forget to turn off the lights.
- Keep intruders away by automating your lights to stay on, so even if you’re on vacation, it looks like someone’s home.
- Use your smartphone to play with lighting displays like changing the color of your lightbulbs and adjusting the brightness to create a different ambience.
- Turn your lights on or off from anywhere, with a smartphone app. No more getting annoyed with your family members for leaving the lights on!
Did you know you could qualify for discounts for making energy-efficient upgrades to your home? Talk to your Farmers agent to learn more!
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